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“Summer Bodies” It’s that time of the year again

It’s that time of year again…the time when girlfriends everywhere start discussing how they are working on their “summer bodies”. Thoughts of bikinis, shorts, pool parties and beach vacations might lead you to think that breast augmentations and liposuction would be the most popular plastic surgeries this time of year, but that’s actually not the case. It might surprise you to know that during the summer months its Rhinoplasty that takes the lead as the most popular surgery.

There are a number of reasons why people opt to schedule their Rhinoplasty  during the summer.  For one, many patients undergoing this procedure are in their late teens or early twenties so having summer break from school allows for ample healing time. Contact sports, and rowdy summer fun can also lead to broken noses on occasion.

If you have ever considered Rhinoplasty you are not alone. It is the most common facial plastic surgery procedure. In fact, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons says that more than 220,000 nose jobs are performed every year.

Rhinoplasty, or nose surgery is performed for a number of different reasons such as repairing nasal trauma, correcting difficult breathing or cosmetically to achieve a better look. 

Nasal Trauma:  This could be the result of a sports injury, broken nose , etc. Insurance may be able to help offset the cost in this situation.

Functional Rhinoplasty: During a cosmetic or reconstructive rhinoplasty it may be possible to correct structural issues at the same time making it much easier for the patient to breathe.

Cosmetic Rhinoplasty:  This procedure can be done to reduce a nasal hump, refine the size or shape of the nasal tip or to give a more flattering symmetrical look to the face. Insurance will not cover this procedure.

Since the nose is literally the center of one’s face it makes sense that thinking about changing its shape or size can be a little unnerving.  It’s for this very reason that Dr. Hamilton uses video imaging to help show his Rhinoplasty patients what results they may expect to achieve after their surgery.  This is an important step in the consultation to ensure that both the patient and Dr. Hamilton are on the same page in regard to goals and expectations.

Patients undergoing Rhinoplasty should expect to take a week off from work or school to allow for the initial swelling and bruising to subside.  After the outpatient surgery is complete, patients will wear a splint on their nose for the first week.  Many patients are able to manage the pain with tylenol and ice, but Dr. Hamilton will provide pain medication to use if needed.

Dr. Hamilton asks that his patients refrain from strenuous activities for the first two weeks, and contact sports which could cause nasal trauma for six weeks.

The initial swelling should subside within a few weeks revealing the successful results however, it can take up to a full year to see the complete finished product.

Dr. Hamilton and his staff at Hamilton Facial Plastic Surgery seek to make facial plastic surgery, including Rhinoplasty, affordable for everyone and offer financing options to help in that effort.

Mark M. Hamilton, MD, FACS, is recognized as one of the top physicians” in America for facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. As a double board-certified plastic surgeon, specializing solely in cosmetic facial procedures, Dr. Hamilton provides his Indianapolis patients with exceptional skills and results that last. For more information on rhinoplasty or to schedule a private consultation at Dr. Hamilton’s Carmel or Greenwood office, please contact us.

Click here to view Dr. Hamilton’s Rhinoplasty before and after photos.